Posted Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, at 12:52 PM
I've been traveling and only just noticed this exchange in FreedomWorks President Matt Kibbe's WaPo Q&A .
Q: Ken Buck, certainly a Tea Party candidate, had a hard time in Colorado. Despite strong financial support, he seemed to stumble over social issues like abortion... Buck didn't manage to catch the wave because Colorado is a fairly purple state and Buck/Tea Party misread the electorate.
A: The strength of the movement is the focus on fiscal issues, which tend to be a uniting factor among a vast majority of Americans, especially given the current economic climate. Social issues have distracted and proven divisive in close races - like Ken Buck in Colorado.
You hear that, Ralph Reed, as you take credit for this win? The libertarian side of the movement wants the social conservatives to stop alienating voters by talking about abortion and other social issues.